Change Is The Only Constant
By Omar Cherif
After I was done with some sunset beach drumming on the Northern Coast of Egypt I happened to have a small chat with a couple of younger folks. They asked about the single event in my life which has forever changed me. I said drug addiction. Then as I later reflected upon this notion, I remembered how change is constantly in an ongoing perpetual motion; how everything is temporary and transitory and passes like the weather seasons; how change is the only constant.
The essence of life is that it reveals itself moment by moment. When you really think about it, we are always changing. We cannot seem to grasp or sense the change as it happens, because we’re always in the midst of it. Only when time has passed do we take notice that it had already occurred. But from moment to moment, everything is metamorphosing. You and I, for one, have changed after reading and writing those lines.
Every once and a while we will probably be required to make one major big step, but most of the time the advancement and growth happen little by little. The small changes add up and we never get ‘there’ overnight.
That is why whenever we feel overwhelmed by many things we have to do one should simply take the very first step. For small daily improvements and innovations can lead to astounding achievements over time.
Like growth, change in general can be hard and painful. Though oftentimes it only looks as such on the surface. And being part of the unknown, people tend to be afraid from change. So they fight it, resist it, and try to control it. This resistance is what usually causes suffering; for it creates sorrow and disappointments. However, change only becomes hard and painful when resisted.
Change should be first dealt with acceptance and simplicity. It’s reality being manifested and we should naturally allow it by diving into it head first. One should never be afraid of change or new experiences. It is how we grow and learn through life.
Again, our whole life is based on change. From morning to night, from season to season, from year to year, everything is always growing and transforming. Yet life doesn’t stop.
Resisting change is like trying to resist nature. It will never work. We can only change the variables. We can change our reality by changing ourselves, by changing our perspectives as how we look at things. Reminding me of George Bernard Shaw’s true words: “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
But in the end, we can only control what we have power over. The rest, is not up to us.
About the Author:
Omar Cherif is a trilingual writer and researcher, photographer and blogger with degrees in journalism, psychology, and philosophy. After working in the corporate world for ten years, he took writing as a vocation and is currently finalizing his first book about dreams, the subconscious mind and spirituality among other topics. You can follow Omar on Facebook and One Lucky Soul and you can check his Photography here.